Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 1–22 | Cite as

Elected leaders and collective land: Farmers’ evaluation of village leaders’ performance in rural China

  • John James Kennedy
  • Scott Rozelle
  • Shi Yaojiang 


Previous studies on village elections have focused on the election process, but few have examined post-election outcomes related to local land management systems. Land is the most important resource in Chinese villages, but land management and reallocation are the chief responsibility for elected village leaders. Previous studies show that villager attitudes toward the “fairness” of land reallocations and the type of village elections vary across villages. Some villages have an open election/nomination process while other villages have “closed” or unfair elections. We found that openly elected leaders are more accountable to villagers and that their land management decisions do reflect villager preferences for “fair” land reallocation. Our findings are based on a 2000–2001 survey of 34 villages in rural Shaanxi province.


Procedural Justice Election Process Village Leader CHINESE Political Science Nomination Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John James Kennedy
    • 1
  • Scott Rozelle
    • 2
  • Shi Yaojiang 
    • 3
  1. 1.the Department of Political Sciencethe University of KansasLawrence
  2. 2.the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economicsthe University of CaliforniaDavis
  3. 3.the School of Business and Management at Northwest University (Xibei daxue)XianChina

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